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ATWT Alum & Dear Evan Hansen’s Michael Park Reveals ‘The Role He Could Do In His Sleep’, ‘The Role He Was Funniest In’! Can Soaps Fans Name Them?

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Michael Park (Ex-Jack, ATWT) is currently in the cast of the new smash hit musical Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Park, who since leaving ATWT following its cancellation, has continued to rack up impressive credits and roles on The Great White Way.

In Broadway.com’s very cute segment entitled Role Call with Michael Park, he is asked several questions and must choose from a board behind him filled with note cards, which role from his myriad of TV and stage characters fits the bill.

When asked: Which role he was the funniest in, Park revealed the infamous Dirk from the online series Steamboat!  Remember, the series featuring Park, Michael O’ Leary and Kim Zimmer?  Later when asked: What role could he do in his sleep, of course it was none other than the beloved Jack Snyder of Oakdale.  Michael expresses he loved playing Jack and he misses him, and he knows a lot of people out there miss him, too!

In addition, when asked: What role would he love to do again, Park says House of Cards, Curtis Haas, and the opportunity to work with Kevin Spacey again.  With his current role of Larry Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen, and partaking in this role call “walk down memory”, Michael admits it left him a bit emotional!

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Watch the video here, and then let us know what you thought of it.  Do, you wish you could see Jack Snyder on ATWT one more time?  And if you have seen Michael and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, let us know what you thought of the performances and the show!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This was fantastic! Michael Park excelled on As the World Turns and his chemistry with Maura West (Carly) was outstanding! I love the work he is doing now, though, I would so love seeing him back on a soap opera!

Peter Anthony Holder
Peter Anthony Holder

Ironically I went to New York back in 1996 to visit the set of ATWT for three days. While I was in town I took in a couple of Broadway shows. One of them was “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” which I thoroughly enjoyed. Imagine my surprise a year or so later when while watching my favourite soap that guy from “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” pops up in the new role of Jack Snyder. Apparently I was a Michael Park fan before I even knew his name!

JK
JK

PLEASE BRING HIM TO GH FOR A LOVE INTEREST OF MAURA WEST…THEY WERE SO TERRIFIC ON ATWT……GREAT ACTOR…..

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The true CarJack fan inside of me would love that but, at the same time, I’d prefer seeing him on another soap opera to avoid the automatic pull people would want to be seeing. I’d love to see him on DAYS or Y&R!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

I miss Jack Snyder and I always will. He lives on in my heart. Long live our beloved CarJack.

Kelly Pietrangeli
Kelly Pietrangeli

Carly and her G-Man will never forget Jack Snider one of my favourite roles on As The World Turns. That couple had chemistry to burn. They were funny , romantic, and so entertaining. A passionate couple I rooted for!

Rodd
Rodd

I always enjoyed watching MP in action on ATWT and any other time I’ve seen him on TV. (Most recently ~ for me ~ as Jim Gordon’s dad in flashbacks.) He’s great at anything he does.

I would love to see him back on a soap!

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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